International: Atlantic Brotherhood

The chief problem before the Foreign Ministers of the twelve North Atlantic Treaty nations in London was the common defense. The strategic outline prepared by the Western defense ministers at The Hague had been ambitious, but expensive. When the Western finance ministers cried that the required military expenditures would wreck Western Europe's recovery program, the U.S. suggested—as it often had before—that one way of saving money was to avoid duplication of defense tasks.

Last week the Foreign Ministers agreed on an overall Western defense concept along these lines: the U.S. would provide the bulk...

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